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How Do You Stop Puppy Miller Like Kathy Jo Bauck?


Tonight, WCCO reported on our infamous Minnesota puppy miller, Kathy Jo Bauck. It seems that she has been very busy since she was last in trouble with the law.

Back in August 2008, Ms. Bauck, owner of Pick of the Litter Kennels, Puppies on Wheels and other business aliases, was arrested and charged with nine counts of felony animal cruelty, torture, and practicing veterinary medicine without a license after an undercover video was released by the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS). Among the medical things she was alleged to have performed on the dogs she owned were:

– Spaying female dogs
– Performed ear croppings on puppies
– Performed tail docking on puppies
– Performed cesarian sections and hernia surgeries on dogs
– Removed dew claws on puppies

This doesn’t include the other things found wrong at Kathy Bauck’s facility, but you can see that in the CAPS video below.

In March of 2009, Ms. Bauck was acquitted of the two felony animal abuse charges leveled against her but convicted on four misdemeanor charges, one animal cruelty and three counts of torture.

So what did the iTeam at WCCO find out? (Go here to see the full report)

In the two years that Kathy Bauck’s license was terminated (terminated is not the same as revoked) by the USDA, she was not supposed to be selling pets wholesale to pet stores, yet according to the report, she was still selling puppies to pet stores in New York City and in Long Island, New York. In other words, she was not legally allowed to sell these dogs, but did so anyways.

According to the iTeam, she was also shipping dogs, mostly Huskies, to someplace called the “Canine Culture Center”. The address turned out to be an address in Chinatown. It was a meat market. She shipped to this location nearly a dozen times.

The iTeam report didn’t lead to these latest developments involving Kathy Bauck, but the work that AnimalFolksMN did to investigate her did. On September 14, 2011, her Animal Welfare Act (AWA) license was permanently revoked and she was disqualified from obtaining an AWA license ever again. All of her animals (except six dogs total) were required to be sold or donated by September 12, 2011.

I would love to be able to say “Good riddance Kathy Bauck”, but somehow I don’t think I can. Under the conditions of the Consent Decision, she was allowed to keep six dogs, three of which can be breeding females.

Nope. I don’t think we’ve heard the last of Ms. Bauck.

UPDATE:
AnimalFolksMN just posted the latest on Kathy Jo Bauck today (Warning: The update does include a graphic photo taken at her facility).

It’s good news for the most part, but I still have reservations given that Ms. Bauck was allowed to keep 6 of her dogs, including 3 breeding females. Given her history, it boggles the mind that they would allow her to own any breeding dogs at all doesn’t it?

Here is a summary:
On September 14, 2011, an agreement was reached (called a Consent Decision) between the USDA-APHIS and Kathy Bauck which specified:

License revoked: Kathy Bauck’s Animal Welfare Act (AWA) license was revoked and she is permanently disqualified from obtaining an AWA license or registation. This order also applies to Allan Bauck (Kathy Bauck’s husband).

Cease and Desist: Kathy and Allan Bauck shall cease and desist from violating the Animal Welfare Act, and stop any activity for which an AWA license is required.

Donate/sell animals: Kathy and Allan Bauck were required to sell or donate the animals under their custody or control or on any of their premises. They are allowed to keep six dogs total (3 of which can be intact females). The animals needed to be sold or donated by September 12, 2011.

$100,000 penalty: Kathy and Allan Bauck were assessed a civil penalty of $100,000, of which $5,000 was to be paid within 25 days of the Order and the remaining $95,000 would be held in abeyance — which means, if they do not comply with the Order, they will have to pay the $95,000.

Enforcement: The Secretary of Agriculture retains jurisdiction of this matter to enforce the terms of this Consent Decision, and ensure compliance.

The above also applies to their corporation, Pine Lake Enterprises. A separate Consent Decision was reached with Corrine Peters and Janet Jesuit. They, too, are disqualified from ever holding an AWA license. As with Bauck, Corinne/Janet are allowed to have 6 dogs total, of which 3 can be intact females. (Unlike with Bauck’s Decision, their Decision states that “dogs” excludes any puppies less than 12 weeks of age.)

NOTE: Peggy Weise, another Minnesota dog breeder, was also included within the USDA’s Complaint. She, along with Bauck, sold dogs to New York pet stores. Her case was dismissed but it may be under appeal.

So where did Kathy Bauck’s puppies go? Click here to see a map detailing where her puppies were shipped and to see a list of locations that received puppies from Kathy Jo Bauck.

Additional Information on Kathy Bauck:
Puppy Miller, Kathy Bauck, Charged with Abuse & Torture Will Keep 1000+ Dogs
The Verdict on Kathy Bauck – MN Puppy Miller
A Profile on Kathy Bauck by AnimalFolksMN
WCCO iTeam Investigation
Recent Status on Kathy Jo Bauck

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  1. October 31, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    How do I access tonight’s WCCO report? I can’t seem to find it on the WCCO web site.

    What can we do to stop the sell of dog meat in NYC??

  2. October 31, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    Thanks…I’m sitting here in tears.

    My Stella, 2 yr old Chiweeenie rescued from a WI puppy mill is snoring behind my back.

    My Hazel, 2 yr old Chihuahua rescued from a MN backyard breeder, who dumped her into a trash bag and then threw the bag into a dumpster, is snoring on the leather chair.

    I will never understand how some humans can be so cruel to animals.

    What can we do to stop her!? To stop the selling of dogs for meat in NYC?

    I’m just sick of these puppy mills.

    • Mel
      November 1, 2011 at 7:05 AM

      I can relate Raven. It makes me so sad to see someone like her still able to keep dogs period. She has shown that she is not worthy of such an important role. It’s nie to meet another owner with puppy mill dogs. We have to do as much as we an to educate folks about pet stores and puppy mills.

      My biggest concern now is that Kathy Bauck will no longer warrants a USDA inspection since her AWA license has been revoked. What’s to stop her from taking her six remaining dogs and breeding them and growing her business once again? Ugh!

  3. AntiMoe
    November 1, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    How do we make sure this woman doesn’t rebuild her fascility? Will some authority keep checking her property? How do we know she wont move to another notorious puppu mill state like Missouri and start up again there? Why can’t they put her in jail for a few years? You can be sure she would be in jail right now if she were practicing medicine on children without a license! Selling huskies and sheppherds to a MEAT MARKET?? What kind of mosnter is this person??

    • Mel
      November 1, 2011 at 7:42 PM

      I have posted an update that I think you will find very interesting. Her AWA license has been revoked. It appears that she, her husband and her daughters will not be able to sell wholesale puppies again. My concern is that she was allowed to keep 6 dogs, including 3 breeding females. Why they did this I will never know, but until the PUPS ACT passes, she could still breed her remaining dogs and sell over the internet. I would put nothing past her.

  4. November 1, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Sick. It just makes me sick. Hoarders are mentally ill, but this woman is a criminal.

    • Mel
      November 1, 2011 at 7:40 PM

      Could not agree more Debbie.

  5. November 1, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    This horror story of a person has been in the news soooo many times – I am sick thinking how many animals she has abused, and now news on the the meat market. OMG, when does this end, why isn’t she in jail?? Thanks for this report, Mel.

  6. Nancy
    November 1, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    Minnesota needs better laws and then people to make sure they are enforced. Whats with the judge that let her keep six? Dumb! We just don’t know what is going on at all the other puppy mills. The meat market aspect of it is new to me. There is no excuse for that going on in any state!

    • Mel
      November 1, 2011 at 10:37 PM

      I agree Nancy. We DO need better laws here for sure. I think this must have been part of the settlement they came to, but it disturbs me that she was allowed to keep any that were able to breed again. Just frustrating.
      The meat market was new to me too. But, I gotta think she heard about it from some other puppy miller, which probably means there are more of them out there doing this. If I were a customer I would be sick. The idea of a dog being eaten is bad enough, but if you eat dog meat and it came from a mill where parvo and distemper and all sorts of worms and other illnesses run rampant, would you want that from your chinese meat market?

  7. November 1, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    So I checked out your “status” link of this woman. It appears that everything has been resolved, her license revoked and she needs to pay a 100K fine.

    Selling dogs for meat? That’s just nasty….

    • Mel
      November 2, 2011 at 6:27 AM

      I would agree, for the most part, that it has been resolved. However, she was allowed to keep 6 dogs, including 3 breeding females (her daughters were allowed to do the same), so I don’t expect that Kathy Jo Bauck is “done”. She can still breed and sell over the internet. She just can’t sell to pet stores.

      • November 3, 2011 at 1:35 AM

        Well, isn’t that super! I don’t see why this woman was allowed to keep any dogs.

      • Mel
        November 3, 2011 at 6:14 AM

        Exactly. It boggles the mind.

  8. November 2, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    This woman is a monster. Good lord.

  9. November 2, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Hopefully the fine will be enough to deter this woman from continuing her “business.” In my opinion, she should have gone to prison, but the penalties in our country aren’t strong enough to sufficiently protect the animals.

  10. November 2, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    I agree, she should have never been allowed to keep any dogs. I don’t think we have seen the last of her either. I also agree with Amy – she should have gone to prison and we absolutely need stronger penalties for these kind of criminals.

  11. November 2, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    I’m astonished they allowed her to keep any dogs. Why? Why doesn’t our legal system see what we see? What has to happen to put people in office who will NOT allow someone like this to ever own another dog? This is like allowing a serial killer to roam free – because of a technicality. Unacceptable!

    • Mel
      November 2, 2011 at 7:48 PM

      I am too Yvonne. I wish she could be put in prison, but since she can’t. I can only hope that the $95,000 hanging over her head will make her stop. But, I have my doubts about that too.
      I hope you can forgive me my passion about this issue, but having Daisy and seeing what Kathy Bauck did to her dogs (and imagining Daisy in those circumstances) is what drives me to bring attention to people like her and the people who support people like her. That CAPS video has been with me since it first aired.

  12. November 2, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Augh!!!!!!!

    • Mel
      November 2, 2011 at 7:44 PM

      I think that pretty much sums it up.

  13. Stacie
    November 2, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    This woman is evil in its purest form!! I can’t believe she is allowed to keep ANY animals nevermind 6 dogs with 3 intact females. It makes me sick. Watching how she handled the dogs and dipped them in a solution not safe for dogs, not to mention the poor dog that had a gaping wound or the dog that had a seizure while she went to work on her garden…there are no words for how big of a monster this woman is. I hope they don’t give up on stopping her completely. These poor animals are paying an expensive price at her hands. 😦

  14. Fellow Constitute
    November 5, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Kathy Should go to jail for life but according to the constitution she wont, That is the pros and Cons of our constitution to help protect peoples rights to do as they want to there property, I see Peggy Weise was named too but her complaint was Dismissed, I am surprised they dont say why it was dismissed, The reason Peggys complaint was dismissed is because Kathy knew Peggy and Peggy only has a few dogs that are her personal ones, She ended up selling Kathy a puppy then Kathy took and forged Peggys name on a bunch of documents, In fact I believe Peggy has filed Charges against Kathy for fraud and Forgery.

    • Mel
      November 6, 2011 at 6:48 AM

      Thanks for the heads up on the Peggy. I didn’t know what her affiliation was with Kathy. Interesting.

  15. November 6, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    I started reading this when you first posted, and couldn’t handle it that day, and know what? Still can’t bring myself to watch the video.

    I do not eat meat (cow or chicken), though I do eat fish. If I ate meat, dog would be off the menu for me as someone Jewish who follows Jewish dietary law (kashrut). However, putting my personal and religious biases aside in an attempt to be objective, the disgust for dog meat is simply a cultural one. If it’s okay to eat one kind of animal, it’s okay to eat another kind. Buffalo, horse, or dog… If you want dog off the menu, you have to find a way to explain objectively how dogs differ from other food sources. If you can get a pet chick for Easter and barbeque it Memorial Day, how is a pet dog different? When you can answer that question with logic, you will the day.

    • Mel
      November 6, 2011 at 6:17 PM

      I completely understand Lori. Not everyone can. I have been following the Kathy Bauck story since I first learned of her in 2009. She was the most prolific puppy miller in the United States. Infamous no?
      Although I abhor the thought of eating a dog, I also recognize that, culturally, this is what is done in China and Korea. But, knowing that this woman routinely sold dogs with parvo and worms and other illnesses makes me sick. People who bought meat at this market were likely eating very sick dogs. I say “likely” because I can’t know for sure, but the thought should given even those who eat dog meat some pause. Then again, look at our factory farming methods in regards to cows and sheep and chickens, and well, you make a good point.

      • November 6, 2011 at 8:30 PM

        Well, they sell cows with mad cow disease, don’t they? Never hear of mad chicken disease, though. She got away with it because it’s an unregulated industry (the dog-as-food business– it is illegal?) and people are greedy. End of story.

        I would like to see this woman tarred and feathered (synthetic feathers, of course), put in stocks and pelted with tomatoes in the town square. Or locked in a small cage and made to carry triplets every year for ten years. Or both.

      • Mel
        November 6, 2011 at 10:04 PM

        ‘Nuff said. I couldn’t have said it better.

  16. Patrick
    November 7, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    Minnesota has no state laws to license, inspect or regulate dog and cat breeders. Please, help pass H.F. 702/S.F. 462. Learn more about the bill and what you can do at: http://www.animalfolksmn.org

    • Mel
      November 7, 2011 at 9:31 PM

      Thanks Patrick. It’s why I support both bills and the PUPS Act. Thank you for reminding folks that unless we pass these bills in Minnesota if we ever going to be able to stop people like Kathy Jo Bauck from going to the lengths she did to sell puppies. And, my thanks to AnimalFolksMN for all that they have done to educate people.

  17. Robert Hudson
    August 20, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Is there any follow up to this story? There is no law that prevents her from selling puppies over the internet, and supposedly she is still doing so today

    • Mel
      August 21, 2013 at 7:12 AM

      Hi Robert – Kathy is no longer allowed to sell. She avoided jail time by signing an agreement that she would never sell dogs. I believe her husband still can. If she is selling again she will owe a million dollar fine.

      • August 25, 2013 at 3:16 AM

        You don’t say that anywhere above. Is this million dollar fine something new? As I understand it, she doesn’t need a license legally to sell on the internet. I have a radio show, and I am interviewing the President and Founder of CAPS. I’m trying to get updated on this case beforehand

      • Mel
        August 25, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        Sorry Robert. It’s been a while since I wrote that piece and since Kathy Jo Bauck was on my mind. Animal Folks MN has a lot of the details you may be looking for. What radio show do you have? I would love to listen in when CAPS is on. Here is the link to the stuff on Kathy Jo http://www.animalfolksmn.org/kathy-bauck.html

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